Sheryl Sandberg Gets Meta Bodyguards Due to ‘Threats to Her Safety’

  • Meta will pay for Sheryl Sandberg’s private security until June next year.
  • The council approved the security detail on Friday due to “ongoing threats to her safety.”
  • Sandberg ceased to be an employee of Meta on September 30, but remains a non-executive director.

Meta will continue to pay for bodyguards for Sheryl Sandberg, even though she has left the company.

The Facebook owner’s board approved providing the security credentials to its former chief executive on Friday because of “ongoing threats to her security,” Reuters reported.

Meta did not elaborate on the threats faced by Sandberg, 52, who has been one of Mark Zuckerberg’s closest lieutenants and one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley.

Private security will protect Sandberg at her homes and while traveling until the end of June 2023, the news agency said.

In June, the tech executive announced her decision to step down as COO after 14 years at the company.

Sandberg’s employment at Meta ended on September 30, but she will remain on the board.

Her decision followed allegations in April in a Wall Street Journal report that she had used company resources to try to stop negative coverage of Bobby Kotick, Activision’s chief executive, with whom she had been romantically linked in the past.

A Meta spokesman said in a statement at the time that Sandberg “never threatened MailOnline’s business relationship with Facebook in order to influence an editorial decision. This story attempts to make connections that don’t exist.”

In June it was revealed that Meta was being investigated for using company resources to plan her wedding. The investigation also looked into Sandberg’s actions over several years, including whether she employed staff on her personal projects.

Sandberg’s decision to step down as COO came around the same time the Meta investigations came to light.

A Meta spokesman said in June that its investigation was not connected to Sandberg’s decision to leave.

Sandberg said she plans to focus on philanthropic efforts through her foundation, Lean In, as well as women’s rights issues after she leaves Meta, and will not take on CEO roles elsewhere. She married Tom Bernthal, the former CEO of Kelton Global, in August.

Meta did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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